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Maersk ceasing operations in Syria

Photo: Marcus Hand Maersk flag flying at its headquarters in Copenhagen
AP Moller – Maersk has decided to close down its operations in Syria from the beginning of December.

The line said in a customer advisory that decision would be effective from 1 December and will cease to offer shipments to or from any destinations in Syria. Bookings to/from Syria will no longer be accepted from 1 December and Maersk vessels will no longer call Syrian ports.

The last vessel to call Syria will be the Maersk Narmada (346E/347W) on 28 November.

“Honouring our existing commitments, we will ensure that all bookings to/from Syria with containers already assigned will be facilitated. All customers impacted by this announcement will be contacted individually to discuss delivery details,” said the Danish shipping line.  

Maersk said that Syria is a heavily sanctioned country and the company noted that it has performed limited activities in Syria in complete accordance with international sanctions.

“This has recently become even more challenging logistically, and we have therefore made the decision to close our operations down completely,” said the company’s statement.